Ever wonder what happened to Audi r&d chief Ulrich Hackenberg, the Volkswagen Group product and technology guru who was relieved of his duties in September 2015 in the wake of the diesel emissions scandal?
Hackenberg, the brains behind a number of highly successful VW and Audi vehicles, as well as the modular MLB and MQB architectures, has turned up on the board of directors at Finnish contract manufacturer Valmet. In fact, he's been there since Aug. 10.
As part of his executive duties, he is involved in the strategic aspects of Valmet's relationship with its most important customer, Mercedes-Benz.The company builds the A class under contract in Uusikaupunki, Finland, and will produce the GLC starting in 2017.
Hackenberg's VW background could come in handy. It's rumored that VW wants to sell its plant in Osnabrueck, Germany, where it builds the last units of the first-gen Tiguan and the Porsche Cayenne, which will be replaced next year. Valmet could use Osnabrueck to increase its contract production capacity.